Best Buy: Mushroom Men for $10!!

I hit up BB today hoping to get NFS:U PC for $20….sold out.
But what they did have was a couple of fairly new games in the bargain bin. So I picked up
Mushroom Men Wii – $10 – isn’t this still a new game?
Space Siege PC – $5 – not a big surprise here
Test Drive Unlimited PS2 – $9.99 – cuz I’m curious how it compares
Mana Khemia PS2 – $5 – looks decent

The funny thing is that each game with the yellow sticker had to be manually changed. And MM rang up at $49.99. So it’s worth it to swing in and check the bins for a bargain. If nothing else, you could trade them in at GS and make a few bucks.

Volcano Ecigs

Hidden Gems: R-Type Final

With the Wii’s GameCube compatibility and the PS1 and PS2 compatibility of some PS3′s, it opens new possibilities for gamers who passed on these consoles and past fans alike to play some great games, and normally dirt cheap. In the Hidden Gems segments, I will review some of these titles.

Any ShMUp (Shoot ‘em up) fan has heard of R-Type. It is one of the games that laid the trail for shmups to follow.
Fans of the genre will not be disappointed by this title. With 101 ships to unlock as you play (99 plus 2 bonus), the bydo lab, war chronicles, gallery and awards serving as an equivalent to current trophies, the game has a pretty good replay value.
Fans are treated to a fully 3d R-Type with mini cinematic entrances to each level. While the game does get rather repetitive, the variety of ships to unlock with the different weapon schemes for each ship will make you try out different strategies for each ship.
The R Museum shows you what ships you have and gives the history and basic info for the ships you have unlocked. The ships from past games make appearances as well as plenty of newcomers.
The five difficulty settings make sure you can find a good mix of fun and challenge.
The levels can vary based on how you play and what ship you use, so you can see a variety of stages and a few different endings.
Like many past shmups, there are some slowdowns with some of the more graphically intensive weapons at times, but not horrendous enough to detract you from playing.
Not really a game you can pour more than a few hours into at a time, but it is a good change of pace and great fun.
The game currently sells for $10 used, and at this price, it is more than worth it.

Finally broke down and got a PS3

With Sony’s latest models having no backwards compatibility, and the good models starting to get scarce, I decided to get a PS3. After calling two stores listed on GameStop’s website with negative results, the third had one. I wound up getting there at 5 minutes to closing and picked up a 60 gig launch unit, and the first game I saw with a recognizable name of interest, Burnout: Paradise. The price tag of $449 will keep me from buying games for a while, but then I do have quite the backlog of games to work through already.
Setup was a breeze. As I already had component cables for the ps2, it was just a matter of plugging in and setting up the firmware. The firmware updated in a reasonable time, and, I must say, has a pretty slick interface. Setting it up only took a few minutes. The store has a good selection of games and add-ons and is well organized. The background downloading was a great idea.
PS2 games look great, especially with the upscaling added in since firmware 1.80. Final Fantasy XII, the oly game I had issue with, looked great. I had an issue with this game on the PS2, vertical banding on the videos, regardless of screen aspect chosen in the system, game, and tv, although the game itself was fine. All gone now. PS2 games don’t look nearly as much like last gen games. I have yet to test out a PS1 game, but it looks promising for them too. Well, as good as can be expected from old games. Today, I picked up a memory card reader and optical cable over at bestbuy, and copying my saves worked fast and flawlessly. I love how the PS3 can emulate the momory card from the hard drive and make numerous virtual cards.
Burnout looked … nice. Well, after all the hype of HD this and that, I was actually disappointed by the graphics. I have my pc, wii and PS3 all running off the same screen and Burnout doesn’t hold a candle to pc games at 1080. It looks like running a pc game at high resolution, but medium detail settings and low, if any antialiasing. Not a shock really, as the PS3 is running 2 generations behind pc in graphics, but the hype raised my expectations. Not that the graphics are bad, they’re the best of any console I have ever owned, but pc gaming has spoiled me, and the hype misled me.
The PS3 also supports BluRay movies……but, for me, these are nowhere near worthwhile. Many of the older movies they’re coming out with now are poorly upscaled, and the quality of upscaling available for standard dvd’s come close enough to bluray to make the price increase not worthwhile.
Well, I’m getting a bit long on words now, so I’ll bring things to a close pretty soon,
The good things about the ps3 are numerous, too many to list here.
The bad things in my eyes are: the overhyping of the systems capabilities, the herculean size of the system, and mainly lack of backwards compatibility. Now by this, I’m not just referring to the lack of support on the new versions, but lack of a ps2 joystick port and memory card slot. With the size of the system, there is plenty of room. This lack forces me to keep my ps2 as I’m a big fan of shooters. So for me to keep playing with Guncon 1 and 2 games, I have to have my ps2 on my old tube tv taking up precious room. I know aftermarket manufacturers made guns that supported guncon 1 and 2 on the ps2….maybe some company will make a ps3 gun that can support them……hey I can dream. Plus using my ps2 controllers would be much better than shelling out $55 for a second controller. Well, despite the size of this paragraph, that’s only three things.